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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3328 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

Department of Health and Community Care (2 volumes), dated 20 September 2002.

Department of Justice and Community Safety (2 volumes), dated 5 September 2002.

Department of Treasury (2 volumes), dated 6 September 2002.

Department of Urban Services (2 volumes), dated 6 September 2002.

Director of Public Prosecutions, dated 6 September 2002.

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), dated 22 August 2002.

Gungahlin Development Authority, dated 5 September 2002.

Healthpact, dated September 2002.

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission, dated 6 September 2002.

Kingston Foreshore Development Authority, dated 6 September 2002.

Legal Aid Commission, dated 1 August 2002.

Public Trustee for the Australian Capital Territory, dated 5 September 2002.

Office of the Community Advocate, dated 8 September 2002.

Office of the Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner and ACT WorkCover, dated 8 September 2002.

Stadiums Authority.

State of the Service Report (incorporating the Commissioner for Public Administration's Annual Report, dated 6 September 2002.

Totalcare Industries.

Victims of Crime Support Program.

The reports will be delivered to offices during the afternoon for the consideration of all members.

Draft variation 200

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Mrs Dunne proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

That the Government be condemned for failing to heed warnings on the unintended consequences of Draft Variation 200.

MRS DUNNE (3.47): Thank you, Mr Speaker, for the enthusiasm with which you greet this MPI. This is an important MPI, because it is time that we did condemn the government for its failure to heed the warnings about the unintended consequences of draft variation 200. Those unintended consequences are now becoming legion.

Draft variation 200 is a glaring example of policy made on the run. I am deeply concerned at its implications, which contain a multitude of unforeseen consequences. At the big-picture level, I am concerned that it flies in the face of sustainability, a trendy buzz word that this government likes to use, though it has not yet learned to walk the talk. If the processes and prescriptions contained within the draft variation are implemented, we will indeed live to regret it. This government, and Mr Corbell in particular, will be remembered for being able to talk sustainability, but actually being able to walk only sprawl, because sprawl and its ugly downside is precisely what this policy will enshrine.

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